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Drop-leaf table. Hard maple with cherry side rails. Rectangular top with semicircular drop leaves. Leaves fold out to form a round top. Top and leaves have ovolo-molded outer edge. Plain edges on skirt of leaves. Ogee arch molding on skirt of rectangular top. Top secured with wooden pins driven through top into frame. Straight cabriole legs terminate in footed pad feet. Initials "EC" written underneath one leaf in chalk.
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Cabriole legs rather than heavier turned legs with stretchers support this Newbury maple drop leaf table produced around 1740-1770. As elaborate turnings fell from fashion, Massachusetts residents like the Coffin family of Newbury, who owned this table, desired the more delicate look offered by the cabriole leg. The lack of stretchers and the newly fashionable coved edge of the table top add to this table's modern appearance. Its maker adhered to the latest craftsmanship technique. To support the leaves, two of the legs, diagonally opposite each other, swing open. The Coffin family used this dropleaf table for generations after prosperous tanner Joshua Coffin originally purchased it. The initials EC, which appear on the underside of one leaf in chalk, stand for Edmund Coffin, Joshua's son, who inherited the table from his father.
27 5/8 x 50 1/4 x 48 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)